By Tim Linscott
The mission the Perkins County boys basketball team had against Kimball on Dec. 13 was try to contain Mike Daum.
The 6’9” Longhorn senior was a formable post player, but PCS head boys basketball coach Shawn Cole and the Plainsmen were up to the task.
“We tried to limit his touches and double teamed him most of the night. We knew we would not be able to stop him but we wanted to contain him a little,” Cole said. “I was very proud of the guys and the game they played.”
PCS lost a close game, 55-46, to Kimball and Daum had 24 points, eight rebounds, two steals and three blocks.
The Plainsmen were competitive or led in many statistical categories, but a fourth quarter push by Daum in the post led to the Longhorns winning the contest.
PCS was 4 of 16 from behind the three-point line while Kimball was 4 of 11. PCS had 31 rebounds, compared to Kimball’s 21.
The Plainsmen had a 20-12 defensive rebounding edge against Kimball and had 14 assists while Kimball had only seven.
A major deciding factor was the turnover category, which PCS unfortunately led 20-8.
PCS was down 12-8 after one period but led the Longhorns 15-12 in the second quarter and was down 24-23 at the half.
A competitive third quarter had Kimball outscoring PCS 14-12 but a 17-11 fourth quarter put the game away in favor of the Longhorns.
As much as Kimball had a major force inside, PCS had a major force outside with the play of the guards. Matt Sestak, Christian White, Derek Sis and Tim Johnson were among the players that slashed to the basket to score.
Sestak led the team with 13 points, two assists and five rebounds, shooting 6 of 7 from the floor.
Sis had eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal while Johnson had seven points, one steal, four assists and a team high eight rebounds.
White ended the game with seven points, five rebounds and three assists.
Zak Kurkowski put up six points, one assist with five rebounds.
PCS vs. Gothenburg
A slow start doomed PCS against Gothenburg on Dec. 14 in Gothenburg.
The Plainsmen were down 14-6 after one period and faced a 35-18 halftime deficit.
PCS turned it around in the third quarter, outscoring the Swedes 14-12 but an 18-9 fourth quarter output gave Gothenburg a 65-41 victory.
Johnson lit up the scoreboard for 13 points and had one block, two assists and six rebounds.
Sis had nine points, one teal, two assists and six boards. Kurkowski led the team in rebounding with seven and chipped in three assists, five points and a block.
White had six points and two assists.
Friday night the Plainsmen head to Ogallala before hosting Dundy County Stratton on Saturday (Dec. 21).
The annual PCS holiday tournament will be held Thursday and Friday, Jan. 2-3, 2014.